STATE: UC Irvine student spearheads first student-funded…

An encounter with Syrian refugees during a family trip to Turkey in 2014 inspired a UC Irvine senior to create the University of California’s first student-funded scholarship program for refugees and asylum seekers. Iman Siddiqi, 20, raised a little over… Read full article at Los Angeles Times

STATE: California sues for-profit school over ‘false…

California's attorney general sued an online, for-profit university Wednesday, alleging officials made false promises to entice students and illegally tried to collect their overdue debt. The suit filed by Attorney General Xavier Becerra against San Diego-based Ashford University alleges the… Read full article at KPCC

STATE: Teaching Teens The Perils Of Pot…

WESTMINSTER, Calif. — After Yarly Raygoza attended the drug prevention program at the Boys & Girls Club here last year, she used what she learned to talk a few friends out of using marijuana. The 14-year-old took the class again… Read full article at The Washington Post

NATIONAL: FAFSA Goes Mobile

Nationally, just three out of five high school seniors complete an application for federal student aid. And completion rates are lowest among low-income students, meaning those students leave billions of dollars in aid on the table. The Office of Federal… Read full article at Inside Higher Ed

NATIONAL: Charges dropped against mom who sent…

Prosecutors in Virginia have dropped criminal charges against a mother who sent her 9-year-old daughter to school with an audio recorder in her backpack to see if the child was being bullied. Sarah Sims was charged with interception, disclosure of… Read full article at The Washington Post

NATIONAL: K-12 Spending in Most States Still…

K-12 spending in a number of states is still far below pre-Recession levels, according to an analysis released Wednesday by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a progressive think-tank. And those spending cuts have started to have a lasting… Read full article at Education Week

NATIONAL: Special Report: The New Schoolhouse: Building…

School facilities are the literal foundation for the learning that takes place every day in some 13,000 school districts large and small. Building and maintaining them is a gargantuan financial lift—an estimated $49 billion per year for new schools and… Read full article at Education Week

NATIONAL: Agriculture Department Revises School Meal Rules…

The U.S. Department of Agriculture published revised school meal rules Wednesday, locking in a pledge Secretary Sonny Perdue made in May to ease heightened nutrition standards championed by former first lady Michelle Obama. Child nutrition advocates had said those rules… Read full article at Education Week

NATIONAL: HHS Audit Says New Jersey Must…

New Jersey wrongly billed Medicaid for more than $300 million worth of services that the state provided to students with disabilities between 2003 and 2015, and it needs to pay that money back, says a federal audit released Tuesday from… Read full article at Education Week